Yesterday, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released an ED TABS report, Public Libraries in the U.S., FY 2004. Today, NCES released the data file underlying that publication. LRS staff will begin to analyze these data and will produce issues of FAST FACTS as well as manuscripts to be submitted to library magazines and journals. Links to all NCES publications and data files on public libraries may be accessed at: http://www.lrs.org/asp_public/national.asp.
If you have a research question which might be answerable utilizing basic data about the outlets, staffing, revenues, expenditures, collections, technology, and/or service outputs of the nation’s public libraries, please contact us.
We’ve added a new section to the public library statistical tools on the LRS-Interactive section of our site. Now it is possible to access–with the click of a single button–a set of selected statistics which summarize the general health of a public library. These “bell-weather” statistics were chosen based on the findings of a thorough analysis of the latest Colorado public library statistics. It’s available at the bottom of the pages of each of the historical tools found at http://www.lrs.org/asp_public/historic, and on the 2005 data page (http://www.lrs.org/asp_public/stats05).
The Library Research Service has secured with Informata (Baker & Taylor) a set amount of credit to be used toward individual-library subscriptions to Bibliostat Connect at a 50% discount. This offer is available on a first-come-first-served basis for a limited time to Colorado public libraries. Interested libraries may contact Trevor Allred at firstname.lastname@example.org or 801-756-3000 for more information.
Bibliostat Connect is a Web-based tool that allows libraries to conduct quick, easy, and graphical peer comparisons using FSCS (national), PLDS, state, and Census data. These comparisons can then be used in budget proposals or presentations to secure additional resources and to identify strengths and weaknesses for planning purposes. An annual subscription includes unlimited software access within the library, toll-free technical support, and on-line tutorials and help. See the brochure link below for additional information.
Our thanks to Chris Brogan at the Arapahoe Library District who initiated the discussion with LRS that led to this offer.
After months of reporting, reviewing, and verifying the 2005 Colorado Public Library Annual Report is complete and the data finalized.
Look for the latest public library statistics on LRS.org at:
Statistics and Input-Output Measures for Colorado Public Libraries
Colorado Public Library Interactive Statistics
And for a perspective over time, try the Colorado Public Library Historic Statistics
Thanks to all the respondents who provided additional information as I worked through the reams of edit checks. Working together we?ve collected data that is useful to the entire public library community.
Remember, it is never too early to start planning for this year?s report. Many of the statistics on the annual report require year-round planning. We?ve got tools and strategies for making data collection easier for you and your staff. For example, the LRS Random Date Generator < http://www.lrs.org/interactive/randomdate.asp> is a great tool for determining the dates for periodic data collection.
If you need help with your data collection or have questions about the annual report, please feel free to contact us anytime. We?re always happy to help.
The new Challenged Materials in Colorado Public Libraries, 2005 Fast Facts has been posted. This Fast Facts not only looks at challenged materials in Colorado public libraries in 2005, but at some trends over the years as well.
The 2005 Public Library Metro Report has been posted on LRS.org at: http://www.lrs.org/asp_public/metro.asp. This report includes selected statistics for Colorado libraries located in metropolitan areas (map, definition) and with total operating expenditures exceeding $1 million.
We welcome your comments and questions. This is considered preliminary data, so please share any corrections you would like to make before Friday, June 2, 2006.
LRS staff frequently receive questions about library staff salaries. This Fast Facts looks at the Colorado and national average salaries of professionals that often work for libraries.
The 2005 Colorado Public Library Statistics are now available. Go to http://www.lrs.org/pub_stats.asp to see preliminary results. Interactive statistics are available at http://www.lrs.org/asp_public/stats05.
The ” Home-Based Education and Colorado Public Libraries” Fast Facts has been posted. This issue focuses on the relationship between public libraries in Colorado and curriculum material for home-based education.
Steve Wasiekco of the City of Aurora, Library, Recreation & Cultural Services created a report demonstrating the annual materials spending for the years 2000-2006 of selected front range public libraries based on data supplied by each library.
The study is titled “Materials Spending of Comparable Front Range Libraries” and is located in our Field Intitiated Studies section at http://www.lrs.org/documents/field_stats/materials_spending_analysis.pdf.